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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

General Motors: Sales up 16.6% compared to May 2009

by Calculated Risk on 6/02/2010 11:08:00 AM

From MarketWatch: GM posts 16.6% rise in May U.S. sales:

General Motors Co. on Wednesday reported a 16.6% rise in May U.S. sales from a year ago to 223,822 vehicles.
This is based on an easy comparison: in May 2009 U.S. light vehicle sales fell 31% to 9.8 million (SAAR) from 14.2 million (SAAR) in May 2008. The sharp decline last year was due to the financial crisis, the recession, the Chrysler bankruptcy (Chrysler filed for bankruptcy at the end of April, 2009) and reports of the then impending bankruptcy of GM (GM filed for bankruptcy on June 1, 2009).

UPDATE: From Ford: Ford's U.S. May Sales Up 23 Percent

UPDATE2: From MarketWatch: Chrysler U.S. May sales rise 33% to 104,819 units (Chrysler was in BK last May).

UPDATE3: From MarketWatch: Toyota U.S. May sales up 6.7%

I'll add reports from the other major auto companies as updates to this post.

NOTE: Once all the reports are released, I'll post a graph of the estimated total May sales (SAAR: seasonally adjusted annual rate) - usually around 4 PM ET. Most estimates are for about the same level as April (11.2 million SAAR).